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Advocacy Presentation

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Stephanie Otts

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Transcript of Advocacy Presentation

The Role of Sea Grant in Connecting Science to Policy
Stephanie Showalter Otts
Director, National Sea Grant Law Center
University of Mississippi School of Law

None of Us are "Neutral"
Advocacy
Neutrality
Science is Often
"Politicized" - And Not Just by Politicians
Best Practice: Non-advocacy
Honest Brokers of
Policy Alternatives
Science Can't Tell
Us What to Do
Partisan Positions
Lobbying
Dismissing Other Voices
Honest
Broker

Values
Views
Hopes
Dreams
What do we want our communities to look like?
How much risk are we willing to accept?
What do our personal and religious beliefs suggest as the proper course?
Facts
Data
Knowledge
The
Answer
WHY? - Values!
Science Can Only
Inform Decision-making
Does Sea Grant
Advocate?
Depends on your interpretation of the definition of Advocacy!
The act or process of
advocating or
supporting a cause or
proposal.
Are SG Focus Areas Causes?
Resilient Communities
Healthy Ecosystems
Sustainable Seafood
Cherry Picking
Dueling Experts
Mischaracterization
Arguing morals through science.
Scientific Assertion X Implies Policy Response Y.
Protect Your Credibility
And Your Job!
WHY?
Professional Responsibility
NOAA Code of Scientific Conduct
Funding Restrictions
Clarify and Expand the Scope of Choice
Available to Decision-Makers
Place scientific understandings in context:
Alternative possible courses of action
Desired Outcomes
Especially useful when:
Lack of value consensus and
High uncertainty.
Stakeholder Chooses
Path Forward!
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